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"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

PROSECUTION RESTS ITS CASE IN MURDER TRIAL OF IRAQI MAN IN EL CAJON

STORM THE HILL: VETERANS CALL FOR ACTION TO STOP SUICIDES


GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA COMMENCEMENTS BRING A HAPPY ENDING TO A ROCKY FINANCIAL YEAR

 
June 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The commencements held at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges this week, in which more than 2,300 students received degrees or certificates, were a joyous and welcome change to the budgetary gloom that has settled over the state’s community colleges.

 

CALIFORNIA SENATE APPROVES INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE MARKET REFORM BILL

 
June 2, 2012 (Sacramento) Wednesday the Senate approved Senate Bill 961, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina), to make many of the protections established under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) part of California law. SB 961 requires every health plan, by January 1, 2014, to include guaranteed availability and renewability of health insurance coverage and protects Californians from being denied or losing health coverage because of a preexisting health condition. SB 961 also requires insurers and health plans to base premiums solely on age, geography, and family size.

BLM'S INVASION OF PRIVACY SUPPRESSES FREE SPEECH, GROUP WARNS

 
BLM places "outrageous conditions on public comment" by releasing personal contact information online
 
June 2, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Protect Mustangs, a Bay Area-based preservation group, asks the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to revise its conditions for receiving written comment. The BLM now requires personal identifying information that BLM says it cannot safeguard, the group cautions.
 
What started as an issue jeopardizing public process for people who want helicopters roundups to stop has mushroomed into a free speech issue for all Americans.

STATE PARKS FOUNDATION LENDS A HAND TO KEEP PALOMAR PARK OPEN

 
June 2, 2012 (San Francisco) -- Efforts by a local group to keep Palomar Mountain State Park open were given a shot in the arm with a $20,000 grant from the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF), the San Francisco based charitable organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks.

 

SOMALI FAMILY SERVICES SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY AWARDS

 

June 2, 2012 (San Diego) -  The Somali Family Service (SFS) is gearing up for their second Annual OceanLeaf Awards Celebration and is now accepting nominations.
 
San Diego is home to the nation’s second largest Somali refugee population of more than 35,000 individuals. For over a decade, the SFS of San Diego has been working hard to serve this emerging East African community, seeing it progress educationally, economically and socially.

 

CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR AMORITA JUNE 3

June 2, 2012 (Lemon Grove) --   The Lemon Grove Historical Society is kicking off Dr. Amorita Treganza Centennial Week with a Flamenco Potluck Birthday Party on June 3 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at her ancestral home, 3251 Kempf Street in Lemon Grove.  There will be a performance by the Juan Carlos and Juanita Flamenco Dance/Guitar/Singer Troupe from 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

GOOD MONEY: BUSINESS OWNERS’ SUCCESSION PLANNING—STEPS TO PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL EXIT

 

A column written for the East County Magazine
“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing” 

By: Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Wealth Management
 
For a Successful Business Exit
 
May 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Most business owners are too busy working IN their business that they forget to work ON their business.  It is crucial to protect the asset that you likely have spent the majority of your life building and have a disproportionate share of your wealth tied up in. And yet, studies show that somewhere between 70 – 90% of business owners have not thoughtfully planned for their inevitable business exit and even those that do plan, oftentimes wait until the 11th hour.

WIND ENERGY TAKES FLIGHT WITH ALTAEROS ENERGIES’ FLYING TURBINE

 

By Sierra Robinson

June 1, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--It has been proven that ground-based wind turbines can result in issues such as environmental damage, noise and visual blight. But Altaeros Energies has brought an intriguing alternative to the table.

Altaeros has announced a breakthrough in high altitude wind power. In April, the company reports that it tested a successful prototype of a flying wind turbine, able to lift a standard Skystream turbine 1000 feet into the air--and produce far more power with the blades aloft.

PUBLIC HEARING JUNE 8 ON ENERGIA SIERRA JUAREZ POWER LINES TO ECO SUBSTATION

 

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- The County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing June 8 at 9 a.m. on a major use permit requested for the Energia Sierra Juarez high-voltage transmission line, which would transmit power across the U.S.-Mexico border to the proposed East County (ECO) substation.  The project would include three steel lattice towers approximately 150 feet in height.  For full details, read more.  

 

AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE READER CAR FOR VALLEY CENTER SHERIFF’S SUBSTATION

June 1, 2012 (Valley Center) – The Sheriff’s Valley Center Substation is receiving a new License Plate Reader (ALPR) car through a grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation and the Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee which funded the $78, 673 car.

RAMONA ATTORNEY KILLED IN TEXAS CAR WRECK

 
June 1, 2012 (Ramona) – Fred Ulysses Hammett, 70, an attorney from Ramona, died  Wednesday in a head-on collision that also claimed the life of a mother and her three young children.
 
Hammett was in Texas to attend his sister’s memorial service.  He was driving a rental SUV when he was struck head-on by a Ford pickup truck. The pickup was driving the wrong direction on I-20 in Mesquite, Texas and reportedly almost struck a Texas trooper’s car before hitting Hammett’s vehicle.

SCHOOLS REPORT WHOOPING COUGH CASES

 
Pertussis Immunizations Protect Infants

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Four new cases of whooping cough were reported at local schools boosting the region’s total to 42 cases for the year so far, County Health and Human Services Agency officials reported yesterday.

AMERICAN ABSTRACT RENOWNED ARTIST BILL MCGEE HAS SHOWING IN JACUMBA DURING JUNE

June 1, 2012 (Jacumba) – Local artist Bill McGee is showing two pieces of his work at the Jacumba Library, 44605 Old Highway 80, during the month of June. The artwork will be for sale and McGee will donate all proceeds to the Jacumba library and the Mountain Health Center, except for a small amount to be used to replenish his paints.

CELEBRATE LA MESA’S CENTENNIAL AT SAN PASQUAL

June 1, 2012 (La Mesa) – In celebration of La Mesa’s 100th birthday San Pasqual Winery is offering a special Centennial Wine Tasting at its tasting room in downtown La Mesa at 8364 La Mesa Blvd.  For $15 you receive 6 generous tastes of San Pasqual’s award winning wines in a keepsake 19 oz Centennial logo glass.

STATE SENATE DEFEATS AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDING BILL

 
June 1, 2012 (San Diego)– State legislation that would have generated $500 million annually for the construction of affordable housing in California failed to reach the necessary two-thirds vote in the State Senate today and is dead for the year. 

READER’S EDITORIAL: COUNCIL MEMBER EMERALD QUESTIONS PROP A IMPACT ON CITY PARKS, PUBLIC SAFETY

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) – “San Diegans do love their parks, but our parks could be at risk if Prop A passes,” begins District 7 Councilmember Marti Emerald in a taped statement released today by the No on Proposition A campaign. Emerald cautions San Diego voters against voting for the measure, which State Controller John Chiang, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, San Diego’s Independent Budget Analyst and Fitch Ratings Company have all stated will cost the City of San Diego hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

COME CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAILS DAY JUNE 2

Hikes and Cleanups to be Held at County Parks Around the Region

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation is inviting everyone to “live well” and celebrate National Trails Day Saturday, June 2 by hiking through or helping to clean and restore trails in County parks.

TOO BUSY TO VOTE TUESDAY? VOTE EARLY ON SATURDAY

 
Registrar Office Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
June 1, 2012 (San Diego) --  If you want to vote in the June 5 Presidential Primary Election, but your schedule won’t allow you to visit your polling place Tuesday, take advantage of the Saturday voting hours at the Registrar of Voters office.

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MOUNTAIN VIEW ABDUCTION ATTEMPTS

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Department detectives from the Southeastern Division are working in conjunction with members of the San Diego Unified School District Police Department to investigate a series of abduction attempts that occurred earlier this month in the Mountain View area.        

Since mid-May, four girls, ages 10 and 11 years, were followed as they walked home from Emerson Elementary School.   

FLETCHER PLEDGES “INDEPENDENT VOICE” IN MAYORAL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) –In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher laid out his vision for our region’s future. His priorities are to “make San Diego a leader in 21st century jobs” by rebuilding the economy base,” improve public education, and rebuild infrastructure to create more walkable and livable communities,  Fletcher told ECM.    

A retired Marine and decorated Iraq war veteran who has worked in counter-intelligence, Fletcher has also laid out plans to help returning veterans on issues ranging from homelessness to jobs.

 “I believe it’s important to have open and transparent government,” says Fletcher, who recently made headlines by announcing that he’s left the Republican party to run as an independent, shortly after the GOP endorsed Carl DeMaio for mayor. 

RISING STARS TO GADFLIES IN THE 79TH ASSEMBLY CONTEST

 

 
(Analysis for East County Magazine)
 
By E.A. Barrera
 
May 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- With only days left in the 2012 primary season, no contest reflects the nature of modern California politics better then the race in the 79th Assembly District. The new California Primary system is in place this year, forcing all candidates of any party to run in what are now quasi-municipal elections. No single party may field a candidate for the fall, and the top two vote-getters of the primary-- no matter the party--will face each other in a run-off election this November.

 

JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT? FACEBOOK POSTS, LAWSUIT RAISE JUDGMENT ISSUES IN CONTENTIOUS SUPERIOR COURT RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2012 (San Diego) –Accusations are flying in the contentious race for San Diego Superior Court seat 25.   Candidate Jim Miller has been removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the Superior Court—and now he’s crying foul.

Miller claims he’s a victim of dirty politics. He’s accused one of his opponents, Robert Amador, of involvement in his ouster, a claim denied by Amador, who previously sued Miller over ballot statement claims. 

Miller maintains he knows of no legitimate reason for the court to remove him from its list of approved Judges Pro Tem.

Posts on Miller’s Facebook page, however reveal  some intemperate remarks made about cases he heard while serving as a Judge Pro Tem--as well as barbed criticisms of local attorneys, judges, and parties in cases he handled as a lawyer.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES SALE OF PROPOSITION H REFUNDING BONDS

Transaction results in $4.9 million in savings for district taxpayers 

 
May 31, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) has successfully implemented Proposition H 2006 Series bond refunding and announces a savings of $4.9 million for taxpayers over the next 11 years. The GUHSD board approved the refunding during its April 19 meeting.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

 
May 31, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.
 
Memorial Day/Veterans issues:
  • Almost half of new vets seek disability (AP)
  • Romney tells vets dangerous world demands powerful military (Reuters)
  • Op-ed by President Obama: Keeping faith with our veterans (White House)
  • How Memorial Day glosses over the real horrors of war (AlterNet)
Other national news:
  • Iberdrola drops two wind projects  (Tribune-Democrat)
  • Help wanted, but not for mid-level jobs (NPR)
  • More relatives, friends caring for kids (Reuters)
  • Democrats to offer a ‘lifeline’ for single payer healthcare (ThinkProgress)
  • Romney hits magic number for GOP nomination (CNN)
  • Military campaign money favors Obama (USA Today)
 
WORLD
  • Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school (CNN)
  • U.S. officials among the targets of Iran-aimed assassination plots (Washington Post)
  • Syria condemned for massacre (BBC)
  • Iran hit by new cyber-weapon “Flame” (Jerusalem Post)
  • Sudyei dispute, Sudan to ‘withdraw troops’ (BBC)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

 

KICK UP YOUR HEELS AT GROSSMONT CENTER’S SUNSET SUMMER CONCERT SERIES—FRIDAYS IN JUNE AND JULY

 

 
May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Nothing says summer like dancing under the stars, and dining al fresco. Back by popular demand, Grossmont Center will host its popular summer concerts series beginning Friday evening, June 1 and each Friday through July in the Macy’s courtyard from 6-8 p.m.

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
May 31, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:   
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna caught off coast of California (10 News)
  • A special Memorial Day delivery for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
  • Soccer unites refugee and immigrant kids (UT San Diego)
  • Fletcher campaign receives over $56,000 from donors outside of state (Reader)
  • Portion of Interstate 8 dedicated to fallen agent  Robert W. Rosas (Backcountry Messenger)
  • New library, updated school for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)
STATE
  • CA Senate passes bill prohibiting schools and employers from asking for Facebook passwords (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Democrats bid for 2/3 control of state Senate (Sacramento Bee)
  • Mentally ill inmates on the rise (Sacramento Bee) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

TASTE OF LA MESA - TASTE OF THE CENTURY JUNE 11

 30 Restaurants, 4 Wineries, & Signature Beer Sponsor Karl Strauss Brewery 

 
May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – In honor of La Mesa’s Centennial, on June 11 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its biggest-ever  “Taste of La Mesa-Taste of the Century.”  This delectable event takes place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 La Mesa.

COMMONLY USED PAINKILLERS MAY PROTECT AGAINST SKIN CANCER

 
May 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--A new study suggests that aspirin and other similar painkillers may help protect against skin cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that skin cancer prevention may be added to the benefits of these commonly used medications.

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS RULES DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

May 31, 2012 (Boston) – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit found that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.  

Passed by Congress in 1996, DOMA declared that a marriage is between a man and a woman, nullifying marriages of gay and lesbian couples for purposes of federal law.  

Judge Michael Boudin, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, authored the unanimous decision. He was joined by Judge Sandra Lynch,an appointee of President Bill Clinton, and Chief Judge Juan Torruella, a Ronald Reagan appointee. 

NEWSPAPER CHARGES VARGAS USED TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR MAILERS WHILE IGNORNING CONSTITUENTS AMID CONGRESSIONAL BID


“This is exactly the kind of behavior that infuriates voters and must be stopped.” – Denise Ducheny, former state Senator and current 51st Congressional district candidate

 

May 31, 2012 (San Diego)– State Senator Juan Vargas is under fire again, this time in an article from The Press Enterprise, published yesterday. The article catalogued the actions of Vargas and his Senate office, who stand accused of using taxpayer dollars to fund mail pieces aimed at helping his candidacy.  Vargas is now running for the 51st Congressional District seat, which spans San Diego and Imperial Counties, seeking to replace Bob Filner who is retiring to run for Mayor.

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